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Chef Andrew Zimmerman Headlines STLCC Foundation Fundraiser

January 08, 2014

Andrew Zimmerman  
Andrew Zimmerman is the executive chef at Sepia
Restaurant in Chicago.

Andrew Zimmerman, executive chef at Chicago’s nationally recognized Sepia Restaurant, will be the guest celebrity chef for the St. Louis Community College Foundation’s black tie gala Saturday, Feb. 8.

“Falling in Love…in Five Courses,” the foundation’s premiere fund-raising event, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 N. Second Street. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. 

Joining Chef Zimmerman will be Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and the chefs and students from the college’s culinary arts program at the Forest Park campus. The event also will feature an oral auction, which will include trips and events.

Individual tickets are $295 each; individual patron tickets are $500. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, beginning at $2,950. The Four Seasons Hotel also will offer a special room rate of $160 for Saturday, Feb. 8.

Paul Wentzien, chief financial officer at Delmar Gardens Enterprises, is the event’s honorary chair.

Since taking the lead in the kitchen at Chicago’s Sepia in 2009, Zimmerman has helped elevate Sepia to a nationally-recognized culinary mecca for innovative, American cuisine in the heart of the city’s trendy West Loop neighborhood. Zimmerman’s product-driven menu showcases the quality and purity of the products he seeks out, letting both the ingredients and his passion shine through. His seasonal dishes, while rooted in tradition, embrace modern thinking as he showcases pristine natural ingredients that are primarily organic and/or sustainable. These ingredients come to life in dishes that are indicative of thought and precision honed from years of Zimmerman’s classic French training under some of the country’s most notable chefs. His pastas, chutneys and jams also are all homemade. He supports local artisan farmers and proudly encourages craftsmanship and the revival of traditional practices.

Among Zimmerman’s awards for his passion, skill and creativity are One-Star rating in Michelin Guide Chicago for four consecutive years, nominations for the Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation and the Chef of the Year for the Jean Banchet Awards, and Three-Star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. He defeated Chef Marc Forgione in the Iron Chef America competition in 2012 and has appeared on The Today Show cooking segments.

Zimmerman was invited by Capricia Penavic Marshall, the U.S. State Department chief of protocol, to join the newly formed American Chef Corps and serve the country in a diplomatic capacity. Zimmerman joins the ranks of other nationally renowned chefs to showcase American cuisine to other nations, enhance formal diplomacy and cultivate cultural understanding.   

For more information about “Falling in Love…in Five Courses,” contact Jo-Ann Digman at 314-539-5358 or jdigman1@stlcc.edu.